Hey everyone! I've finally heard back from all my schools and was looking for some outside input to help me in my decison-making process. So I'm accepted at Illinois (Mechanical Engineering), Michigan (College of Engineering), and Cornell (College of Engineering). I've visited all three, so I've already established some impressions of each school, but I was hoping to see what everyone else thought about the choices.
I'm in-state for UIUC, but price is not an issue.
Some background information about me and my interests...My passions really lie in energy/the environment (efficiency, energy production, green tech, etc), so I my original plan was to go through undergrad as a mechanical engineer, however, I'm not so sure anymore. Nuclear engineering is popping out at me, as is environmental engineering (although from what I've read, undergraduate environmental mostly concerns topics like water treatment/purification, something I'm not particularly drawn to. Graduate environmental work might be more up my alley?) Nuclear seems to be a blend of mechanical, modern physics, and electrical. Each major kind of hits a different aspect of my interest in energy, but I'm not totally sure I'll be able to sort out which I'm drawn to most until I actually start taking introductory courses related to each. Clarification about these different majors would be great, since I still haven't figured out which appeals to me most!
Right now, I'm looking at graduate school as a strong possibility, but that might change as time goes by. Though this might not affect where I go necessarily, its something to factor into the decision-making process. It's my understanding that mechanical engineers are very capable of taking a job straight out of undergraduate work, but is it similar for nuclear engineers or environmental engineers? Since I think I'm leaning toward R&D (basically requiring a graduate degree down the road) in whichever field I choose, will my undergrad major significantly affect how I can choose a grad school major?
Feedback from students/alumni would be great, I'd really appreciate info about facilities/housing/course rigor from the people who have been through it all! Tours can only go so far haha.
Anyway, I hope that wasn't too jumbled and nonsensical, it's pretty early in the morning. If you guys need any more information (specific interests or further explanation) feel free to ask! Thanks a ton guys!